A Houthi official in Yemen says that the execution of prominent Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nirm will lead to boiling anger among Muslims.
SANAA, YEMEN (JANUARY 2, 2016) (REUTERS) – The execution by Saudi Arabia of leading cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr would lead to the end of the Al Saud family’s rule, a Houthi official in Yemen said on Saturday (January 2).
Saudi Arabia executed 47 people including Nimr, whom the government accused of inciting violence against the police.
“The Saudi regime’s decision to execute Sheikh Nimr will represent the near end of that regime. Sheikh Nimr was executed unjustly, the people executed with him were innocent and the Saudi regime committed the biggest crime in its history,” Houthi official Mohamed Haidara told Reuters.
Nimr’s supporters said he was a peaceful dissident who advocated greater rights for the kingdom’s Shi’ite minority
Haidara said his death would generate anger among Muslims.
“There will be a state of boiling anger which will block Arabs. People will move, go out, denounce, protest against this outrageous crime. And this is only the beginning, there will be other forms of escalation,” Haidara said.
Three other Shi’ites were executed alongside Nimr, but most of the convicts were jihadists linked to al Qaeda, a radical Sunni group that regards Shi’ites as heretics and has often targeted them in its attacks.
Shi’ite groups across the region accused Saudi Arabia of using terrorism as a pretext to execute Nimr, a figurehead for the kingdom’s restive Shi’ite population who called for peaceful protests in sermons broadcast online.